Dec 06 2011

The Siem Reap mega-breakfast round-up

Published by at 8:45 am under Food & drink


They say you should breakfast like a king, and they also say you should start the day as you mean to carry on. So a right royal brekkie is clearly the only way to go or people will think you’re depressed. More to the point, temple hopping around Angkor and its surrounds is hard work, and a good breakfast will give you all the calories you need for clambering up Bayon and down Baphuon. Obviously, it’s often okay to just take what’s on offer where you’re staying, but true brekkie fans think bigger than that. Mega-fry bigger.

Pancakes and fruit, that's just getting started...

Pancakes and fruit, that's just getting started...

Oh yes, health nuts and vegetarians should look away now — we’ll do a posting on healthy brekkies soon. Promise. We know not why, but your guidebook will have failed to inform you that one of the most important reasons for coming to Cambodia is the bacon. It may seem strange, but I’m pretty sure there are expats who made the decision to stay here only because of the bacon. It’s amazing. Cambodian farmers can’t afford the steroids, antibiotics and pharmacopeia of horrors that pigs in other countries are injected with. And the meat industry is ill-equipped to take a toxic bacon brew and then pump it full of water, doubling price and halving what’s left of the flavour all at once. Instead, here you get bacon like it used to be, sinfully crisp and tasty.

And where are the best places to find this delight? Patience, and I’ll tell you.

Central Café has rightly earned a great reputation for its breakfasts. And the star of the show is the scrambled eggs with pesto and parmesan, a surprisingly delicious combination. They serve Lavazza coffee too, not to forget the other most important thing about breakfast. Add bacon on the side, or enjoy one of the fried breakfasts for a real splurge.

Looks dark? That's because it's night-time at Rosy's

Looks dark? That's because it's night-time at Rosy's.

Rosy Guesthouse perfects the concept of the fry-up by including the one ingredient that so many forget: chips. That glorious fusion of a salted, crisp potato chip with sweet, soft, gooey egg is sublime and takes you straight back to being a kid again. We should also mention that eggs here taste like eggs used to do at home, before we got too clever for our boots. Their mega feast also includes toast, beans, some really yummy, herby sausages, tomatoes and, of course, bacon, making this our favourite for sure.

River View Café, what can I say? They said, “Did no-one warn you about that!? You know, no-one’s actually managed to finish it yet”, when the plate was put in front of me, prompting the eyes to pop out of my head. So, there’s your challenge. A teaser bowl of fruit salad starts the performance, and once that is done a stack of pancakes is presented with two blocks of butter skating across the top together with a generous boat of syrup. All this is simply foreplay however, with no Mickey Rourke in sight alas. Once, if, you have managed to polish those off, the main show arrives in the form of a huge plate of fried potatoes with onions, three fried eggs, bacon and not so much sausages as sausage burgers. We will reward anyone who writes in to say they’ve finished one of these with our eternal admiration.

Had to step back 20ft to take this picture

Had to step back 20 feet to take this picture

Molly Malone’s mega-fry is another great contribution to the tradition. In Irish style pub, which takes one home and is also fantastic for people watching, you can enjoy a hearty plate of sausage, bacon, eggs, tomato, beans and toast. May the luck of the Irish shine bright on your way.

Central Cafe
Street 11
T: (012) 181 4001

Rosy Guesthouse
Riverside
# 0074, Phum Slor Kram
T: (063) 965 059
rosyguesthouse.com

River View Café
632 Pokambor Ave

Molly Malone’s
Pub Street
T: (063) 963 533
www.mollymalonescambodia.com/

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7 Responses to “The Siem Reap mega-breakfast round-up”

  1. Nickon 07 Dec 2011 at 5:11 am

    River View Cafe sausage ‘patties’ are like chewing an old boot.

  2. Nickyon 07 Dec 2011 at 5:22 am

    Don’t think I agree with you there Nick. I found them pretty tasty myself. And lots of people agree!!

  3. stfzon 10 Dec 2011 at 9:29 am

    I finished the big breakfast. It wasn’t that hard. And I got a reward for being the first one: apple pie with ice-cream. Good place for breakfast.

  4. Nickyon 10 Dec 2011 at 9:38 am

    Respect!! I hope you got to defer the apple pie and ice-cream until later!

  5. stfzon 10 Dec 2011 at 10:04 am

    Nope. Was still hungry. :-)

  6. [...] Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but for $2.50 you can enjoy tea or coffee, fruit juice and either toast with honey, jam or marmalade; fresh fruit salad, muesli and yoghurt; cheese or ham omelette; or bacon, eggs and toast. Other options include the Molly Malone’s mega-fry, consisting of two sausages, two eggs, two rashers of bacon, fried tomatoes, baked beans, toast, tea or coffee and fruit juice for just $6.50. The tea is good and strong, the bacon and eggs taste like they did when you were a kid and generally the breakfasts here are so good that many expats come here for a weekend treat. [...]

  7. [...] Breakfasts range from a simple tropical fruit salad with Cambodian honey and yoghurt for $3.00 or two eggs, any style, with toast at $2.50 to eggs Benedict with cooked ham and hollandaise sauce for $5.50 or a huge, no holds barred cooked breakfast for $5.75. Mugs (yes, real mugs) of tea start at $1.00 and a range of excellent Illy coffees are available from $1.50. Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies start at $2.50. [...]

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